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Captain Phillip James Blumburtt was an officer in the Eleventh Poona Rifles, an infantry unit stationed in Allahabad during the waning years of British rule in India.

Amongst other duties, Captain Blumburtt's company was responsible for patrolling Pankot, and in 1935 he helped disband a resurgent Thuggee cult from Pankot Palace.


Suspecting a revived Thuggee movement in Pankot Province, Captain Phillip James Blumburtt[1] brought his unit to the region, and then arrived at Pankot Palace for an inspection.

Blumburtt's inspection tour to the palace was unexpected by prime minister Chattar Lal, who was forced to invite him to the Guardian of Tradition dinner. At dinner, Blumburtt and other recent arrival Indiana Jones began discussing the potential of a Thuggee resurgence, a topic quashed by their host, Zalim Singh.

The next day, Blumburtt and his forces came to the rescue of Indiana Jones, Willie Scott, and Short Round as they fell under attack by Mola Ram's Thuggee archers, after they escaped from the Temple of Doom.

Behind the scenesEdit

The late Philip Stone portrayed Blumburtt in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

In LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures the Eleventh Poona Rifles never save Indiana and friends. Instead, all of the Thuggee guards are devoured by the crocodiles. However, the characters "British Captain" and "British Commander" bear his likeness.

In Howard the Duck, a George Lucas production released two years after Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Tim Robbins plays a character named "Phil Blumburtt".



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